Late Sunday night, American Ethanol driver and spokesperson, Austin Dillon captured his first Monster Energy Cup Series win, driving the celebrated No. 3 car to victory at the Coca-Cola 600. Dillon’s win came at his home track, the Charlotte Motor Speedway, and is the first for the Richard Childress Racing No. 3 car since October 15, 2000, when Dale Earnhardt won at Talladega.
“NCGA is obviously thrilled by the win because it further validates the abilities of ethanol fuel on the road and on the track. Specifically, it provides great positive exposure for E15 at a time when the fuel is beginning to make significant gains in consumer retail space, said Paul Jeschke, Chairman of NCGA’s Ethanol Action Team and Mazon, Illinois farmer. “Corn farmers tasked NCGA with building support for ethanol with consumers outside its traditional Midwestern customer base and our partnership with Growth Energy, under the American Ethanol banner, has raised the profile of E15 significantly.”
Commenting on his win, Dillon said, “those partners that were here from the very beginning – Dow, American Ethanol – it feels so good to deliver. They had to believe in me no matter what. You can believe in somebody saying he’s good, but they believed in me. They’ve been here every step of the way. It feels so good to get them in Victory Lane. It was a beautiful car tonight, too.”
“This is an incredible victory for the No. 3 team, and the entire American Ethanol family is filled with pride – we knew this day would come,” said Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor. “Our partnership with Austin and Richard Childress Racing is integral to communicating American ethanol’s engine smart, earth kind story. We are proud of Austin’s amazing win and look forward to many more successes together.”
The No.3 car – and all NASCAR race cars – are powered by Sunoco Green E15, a fuel made with 15 percent American ethanol. In fact, E15 has powered NASCAR for more than 10 million miles. E15 is a cleaner-burning, high-performance fuel that delivers on the race track and for regular drivers alike. From the intense demands of a NASCAR race team to the everyday reliability expected by drivers across the country, E15 is always a winner.
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